Midfield jewel tipped for the top posts on Twitter he will be 'ready to go' at Leeds next season
By Harry Sykes
Leeds United midfield gem Jamie Shackleton has revealed on Twitter he is fully fit after seven “frustrating” months on the sidelines.
The 17-year-old is rated as the outstanding player in the Elland Road academy by the club’s former first-team manager and youth-team chief Neil Redfearn.
Shackleton made an excellent impression early in the season of what was his first year as a scholar but has been out since October due to injury.
But the teenager took to his personal Twitter account on Friday to reveal that he was now finally able to change his status from ‘injured’ to ‘fit’.
“Felt good changing this today,” Shackleton said. “Long and frustrating seven months but finally back fully fit and ready to go next season, can’t wait.”
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Felt good changing this today! Long and frustrating 7 months but finally back fully fit and ready to go next season, can’t wait ???????? pic.twitter.com/xpDHewUw9c
— Jamie Shackleton (@jamieshackk) May 12, 2017
Shackleton mades his Leeds Under-23s debut earlier in the campaign after being fast-tracked through the system due to his potential.
Redfearn, who was academy director from 2010 to 2015, is convinced that the youngster has the potential to reach the top.
He told Radio Yorkshire in October: “There’s a little boy, a midfield player called Jamie Shackleton. I think he’s got a great chance.
“I think he’s a good footballer, he’s got great feet. He’s not the biggest, but he’s very tenacious. He reads the game well.”
Leeds have an excellent record of bringing players from the academy into the first team, with Ronaldo Vieira, Charlie Taylor and Kalvin Phillips all following that path in recent years as well as recent departures Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt.